There is just under one month for planning the perfect Mother’s Day surprise. With the help of CRNS and its members it shouldn’t cost the earth.
‘Mother’s day is a special family celebration,’ says Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS. ‘If you are looking for inspiration visit CRNS, put in your postcode and find a CRNS member near you to source a beautiful pre-loved gift that doesn’t cost the earth. Your time, and love, can make all the difference and make your mum feel really special all day.’
Here are our top three favourite 2015 ideas that we would like to share with you.
Vintage Afternoon Tea
Let mum relax while everyone else gets together to lay on a vintage-inspired afternoon tea. Planning will make it a special Sunday afternoon tea so give plenty of thought to giving your room a vintage makeover with retro mis-matched crockery, a floral tablecloth and pretty posies. Many CRNS membership organisations such as Furniture Plus in Dunfermline stock a range of vintage tea cups and plates, cake stands etc. Adding a table cloth and napkins will all add to the feel of a very special Mother’s Day and try serving up traditional classics like a fresh cream Victoria sponge, cucumber sandwiches and homemade scones. Dip some fresh strawberries into chocolate and arrange on a platter – the fresh fruit will hopefully please the health-conscious side while the chocolate coating will be just enough of an indulgence for the day to seem like a holiday. If you are able to stretch the budget then a cold glass of Prosecco will add a little sparkle to the whole occasion and tea served from a traditional tea pot into vintage tea cups will add grace and style. This sumptuous spread will get mum’s vote, especially if everyone else does the washing-up!
Plant a hanging basket
Flowers are fabulous but a hanging basket will last much longer and now is the perfect time to start planting up spring baskets. A pretty one would make a wonderful present for Mother’s Day or if your mum will appreciate it, how about planting a small basket of herbs like mint or basil that can be kept and reused? The way you pre-plan and present the gift really does count.
A hand-print tree picture
This takes a bit of planning but is definitely a one-off, unique gift for your mum. First search a CRNS member for old picture frames, sponges and pots of paint. Then cut a piece of cardboard to the size of the frame and draw a bare tree trunk. Dip the sponges in the paint and then let each member of the family choose a colour for their handprint. Lay the hands on the paper to form the branches of the tree. A beautiful way to capture hands in time.